Midnight at Madame Leota's (Tales from the Haunted Mansion #2)
The Haunted Mansion's resident librarian, Amicus Arcane, has returned with another set of spooky stories to share. Follow along with him as he tells new terrifying tales while leading the Mansion's newest visitor to a secret seance with the mysterious Madame Leota.

Midnight at Madame Leota's (Tales from the Haunted Mansion #2) Details

TitleMidnight at Madame Leota's (Tales from the Haunted Mansion #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 18th, 2017
PublisherDisney Press
ISBN-139781484714713
Rating
GenreHorror, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal, Ghosts, Juvenile

Midnight at Madame Leota's (Tales from the Haunted Mansion #2) Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This was so much better than vol. 1. I enjoyed the tales in this book a lot better than in the first book. My favorite story from this one was the haunted carnival ride one. I also liked that the main character in this book, William, was in the first book. It worked really well.As usual, I appreciated the ride references as well as the It’s A Small World one. Overall, this book did not disappoint.
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  • Brenda Ayala
    January 1, 1970
    I would have been madly in love with this when I was younger. It's everything I want--multiple creepy stories but with a premise around the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland (my favorite ride). As an adult, I still freaking love it and I am so glad I picked this up at Yallwest. I wasn't too interested when I initially saw it so huge kudos to these writers for blowing my socks off.I haven't read the first one, but it seems like our narrator is very slowly introducing us to the 999 happy haunts within I would have been madly in love with this when I was younger. It's everything I want--multiple creepy stories but with a premise around the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland (my favorite ride). As an adult, I still freaking love it and I am so glad I picked this up at Yallwest. I wasn't too interested when I initially saw it so huge kudos to these writers for blowing my socks off.I haven't read the first one, but it seems like our narrator is very slowly introducing us to the 999 happy haunts within the Haunted Mansion. Our main story follows a man named William who is desperate to connect to his dead sister. During his journey, he hears about three different stories. Each one represents one of the ghosts and paints a picture of how they got there in the first place.Seriously, I freaking loved this. I was half tempted to keep the book to grace my bookshelf but I have so many damn books already that I'm not willing to give up that I can't fit anything else. I love ghost stories and this did a surprisingly good job of building atmosphere. For the record, this book names the three hitchhiking ghosts you see at the end of the ride. As I named them myself when I was very young, I'll have you know this book lies--their real names are Eddie (the fat one with a top hat), Boris (the tiny old man) and Frankie (the tall skeletal-looking one). Eddie, Boris, and Frankie, you got that?!
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  • Zoe Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little nervous about jumping into this book since I hadn't read the first one, but it was a pretty great experience! While there are references to the first volume I didn't find it necessary to have read it first (I didn't). The stories are fun, and I like the set up of smaller ghost stories within the larger story. There's lots of references to Haunted Mansion lore and facts. It would be a great read for any kid who is into Disney, the Haunted Mansion, or just ghost stories in general.T I was a little nervous about jumping into this book since I hadn't read the first one, but it was a pretty great experience! While there are references to the first volume I didn't find it necessary to have read it first (I didn't). The stories are fun, and I like the set up of smaller ghost stories within the larger story. There's lots of references to Haunted Mansion lore and facts. It would be a great read for any kid who is into Disney, the Haunted Mansion, or just ghost stories in general.Thanks to NetGalley and Disney for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it, as much as I loved the first. The stories are properly terryfying, with the special touch from the Haunted Mansion, but good enough for kids who love these type of stories, and for adults who enjoy them too. And for fans of the actual Haunted Mansion attraction, they are beautiful, wonderful, and amazing. Recognizing all the Easter Eggs is really fun and it adds to the reading.I want more!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Hair raising ghost tales for the juvenile crowd. But it managed to scare me some too.
  • Melody Riggs
    January 1, 1970
    Fun stories for Haunted Mansion lovers with only brief reference to the first book (so you could read them out of order).
  • Liezl Ruiz
    January 1, 1970
    Now, here's a book that will have your heart hammering even if it's a middle grade book meant to be read by kids. Other writers out there, you should take from this and not blame me for being a crabby adult. As an adult, I'm giving it four thumbs up (I had to include my big toes). The narration will carry you away with its flowing words. The author didn't do heavy descriptions, as he doesn't need to, just a manner of storytelling that will have you up on your toes.Review will be posted on Zirev. Now, here's a book that will have your heart hammering even if it's a middle grade book meant to be read by kids. Other writers out there, you should take from this and not blame me for being a crabby adult. As an adult, I'm giving it four thumbs up (I had to include my big toes). The narration will carry you away with its flowing words. The author didn't do heavy descriptions, as he doesn't need to, just a manner of storytelling that will have you up on your toes.Review will be posted on Zirev.comFinishing this book puts a smile to my face. It's not always that I feel so nostalgic and this book has taken me back to my imaginative childhood. Needless to say, I like it a lot.Kids of all ages will definitely enjoy this book. Midnight at Madame Leota's has a lilting prose that will make it easy to follow among kids. The author was really good at his craft of horror storytelling. The stories in the book were simple but ones that will gnaw on your head for its blazing uniqueness despite using overused references like the Vampire Count himself, a zombie with a singular purpose, and a haunting of an army of hideous insects (which is reminiscent of Stephen King's works). Oh wait, this book is supposed to be middle grade. Anyhow, kids who don't have background with popular horror icons (or those who just live under a rock) will still get the creeps as the author's writing style captures real terror no matter how simple the plot is.Before I forget, I love horror stories set on carnival haunted houses (yes, the book has it as its first card). I consider it a trope but one that the author was able to utilize well. The last story in the book wasn't scary to me but the incident tugs at my heart. My heart would like to reach out to the poor 13-year old girl, Camille, at the hands of an abusive aunt. She had suffered too much and suffered enough. The aunt wasn't the typical abusive (she might be had Camille lasted more than a week with her) but what she did that led to the child's demise was just unacceptable.I'm actually surprised with the ending. The ones I consider to be bad entities turned out the be guests and therefore, decent ghosts. That was just a nice turn of events for me. I was anticipating some tragic thing to happen (despite the book being laced with tragic things) to William, our protagonist, since that's what the voice was implying (yes, that annoying one which tries hard to be scary). No, I'm not annoyed by the voice. I actually find it funny. By the voice, I'm referring to this disjointed texts that have their own creepy font (it's a separate voice directly addressing the audience).The book was chiefly written in third person and just I love the style of directly addressing the reader. With it, I would say that the best part of the book is the humor. The book is so punny that it's so funny (puns everywhere, get it?). The house (house for fans of the series) will be packing as I truly enjoyed this book despite being new to the story. To new readers out there, welcome and enjoy your stay at the Haunted Mansion.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever wish you could go inside The Haunted Mansion, or maybe sneak into the library and curl up with one of its 999 chilling autobiographies- after all; they are always on the hunt for one more! This is your chance to go deep inside, as librarian Amicus Ravenswood welcomes any foolish mortal who chooses to pick up this book, taking them deep into his frightful tales. Haunted mansion librarian, Amicus Arcane does it again, chilling his readers to the bone in his second ghostly installment: Do you ever wish you could go inside The Haunted Mansion, or maybe sneak into the library and curl up with one of its 999 chilling autobiographies- after all; they are always on the hunt for one more! This is your chance to go deep inside, as librarian Amicus Ravenswood welcomes any foolish mortal who chooses to pick up this book, taking them deep into his frightful tales. Haunted mansion librarian, Amicus Arcane does it again, chilling his readers to the bone in his second ghostly installment: Midnight at Madame Leota’s. This time, there’s a new mortal, fresh for the taking. Will he become the next ghost they have all been waiting for? For years, William has sought out every medium, psychic and spiritualist in the hopes of connecting with his sister. He is very accustomed to all their tricks and foolery, but desperately wants to find that one person that will make him believe. But everything is about to change for poor William; he will finally become a believer. On this particular night, at the site of his sister’s grave, a strange man with a lantern extended in his left hand, formally dressed and ghostly pale presets himself; bestowing an offer that William can’t refuse- “an audience” with the infamous spiritualist Madame Leota. But once William arrives at the old mansion, the haunting stories and ghoulish delights chill even him to the bone. Opening the scene with three petrifying tales of; vampires, carnivals and a late night show, and of course the tale that William will become the star. Starting with the first line, “Very Unhappy Returns,” and “Why have you come back,” readers are delightfully thrown right into the reading experience. Reminiscent of Disney’s beloved Haunted Mansion attraction, readers are taken on a ride throughout the pages, with the same narrated feel and spine tingling stories, following riders through their ghostly doom buggy demise. Don't go in the attic, for Constance is waiting for her new suitor, and it’s off with his head after all, we know she only marries “til’ death to us part.” Then join the restful spirits in the ballroom, fit for a birthday celebration that never ends. This time, readers are given just what they asked for; a background look into some of the ghosts that reside within the haunted mansion, but be prepared, their tales may haunt you. Written once again for the middle grade audience, the librarian does his job telling readers new scary stories that will keep them up at night. With ties to the first book, The Fearsome Foursome the stories continue and intertwine, building to the tales that sit upon the library’s shelves.. Fall into the spellbinding allure of Midnight at Madame Leota’s with even more haunts, spooks and narratives straight from the ride, you will want to hurry back and read it a second time. With story telling that intensives as these books progress and the ability to recapture the magic, readers will be left with the wanting desire for another book, and another spin on a doom buggyYou can find the rest of my reviews and giveaways in my weekly newspaper column: For the Love of Books-Dixon's Independent Voice
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I was pleasantly surprised by this little book. As the sequel to the first of the Tales from the Haunted Mansion books, I wanted to finish what I started. What can I say? I 'm not a quitter, and this often keeps me reading book series that are mediocre, since I have an inherent need to keep going. While the individual stories were cute and somewhat scary for its intended audience (really...Parents should read beforehand to see if their kids would be able to handle some of these stories. I say no I was pleasantly surprised by this little book. As the sequel to the first of the Tales from the Haunted Mansion books, I wanted to finish what I started. What can I say? I 'm not a quitter, and this often keeps me reading book series that are mediocre, since I have an inherent need to keep going. While the individual stories were cute and somewhat scary for its intended audience (really...Parents should read beforehand to see if their kids would be able to handle some of these stories. I say no younger than 8-9 yrs of age at least), I appreciated the similar cynicism and sarcasm that was present with the narrator in the first book. I guess that's because it's supposed to be the same narrator? But here I am, making assumptions and being facetious. Again, each of the individual tales in this book were cute and appeared somewhat disconnected, even though ach were highly entertaining and charming. All are interwoven with the presence of William who has sought out Madame Leota in the hopes of speaking to a lost person of importance. This book literally comes down to the last 15 pages of the book in which all is revealed; each story is brought together, as well as the first book connecting with this one and bringing everything full circle. Also, it was a sweet ending that I was not anticipating. This quick read was very cute and I feel that reading both of these Tales from the Haunted mansion are worth it for anyone seeking additional thrills from a favored ride of Disney origins or wanting a quick, escapist read that goes beyond nostalgic in its creation.
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  • Heather Rochon
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-ARC of Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II: Midnight at Madame Leota’s from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Goosebumps meets Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in Disney’s new series that centers around the live-in spooks of the famous Haunted Mansion. Our ghost host and author, Amicus Arcane, is the Mansion’s resident librarian and keeper of tales. This is a fun and entertaining series, especially for those who are fans of the Haunted Mansion.In this second v I received a free e-ARC of Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II: Midnight at Madame Leota’s from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Goosebumps meets Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in Disney’s new series that centers around the live-in spooks of the famous Haunted Mansion. Our ghost host and author, Amicus Arcane, is the Mansion’s resident librarian and keeper of tales. This is a fun and entertaining series, especially for those who are fans of the Haunted Mansion.In this second volume of Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Arcane spins the story of William, a visitor seeking a seance with the famous Madame Leota in order to find out what happened to his sister many years ago. Along the way, William learns the spooky stories of a few of the Haunted Mansion’s ghosts. (Fun fact: these are based on actual ghosts that are seen in the theme park ride.)Geared towards ages 8-12, this book is the perfect amount of creepy without being terrifying. The stories are simple, yet with enough twists and turns to fit the age range. It even manages to have a bit of morbid humor through fourth wall breaking interjections by Arcane. The design of Midnight at Madame Leota’s, which is to look like an old book from the Mansion’s library, fits excellently into the style of the book, with creepy illustrations and ghostly figures hiding between the pages.Read at your own risk!4/5 Stars.
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  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    January 1, 1970
    Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II: Midnight at Madame Leota's was a good read that had the perfect mix of 'scary' and laughter for kids. From the overly-dramatic tone to the side comments made by the narrator, it's a book filled with stories that parents would have fun reading with their children.While some of the stories definitely have a creepy edge to them (thinking about the haunted carnival ride here!), they are perfectly suitable for middle grade readers. Older readers will probabl Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II: Midnight at Madame Leota's was a good read that had the perfect mix of 'scary' and laughter for kids. From the overly-dramatic tone to the side comments made by the narrator, it's a book filled with stories that parents would have fun reading with their children.While some of the stories definitely have a creepy edge to them (thinking about the haunted carnival ride here!), they are perfectly suitable for middle grade readers. Older readers will probably not be enthralled, as these are targeted at a very specific range of kids. My favorite part was that the feel of the book as a whole reminded me very strongly of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Right from the get-go I heard the stories in the voice used in that ride, and it brought back warm'n'fuzzy feelings. Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II was a competently written volume of child-friendly tales that would be the perfect gift for younger readers who want something 'scary' without it actually being too scary. A great book to enjoy together in a few months when the leaves are changing colours and the ghosties and goblins come out to play!Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration
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  • Brayden Martens
    January 1, 1970
    This was a another great addition to the haunted mansion mythos. Both this volume and volume 1 are a throwback to the days of Goosebumps, and tales from the cryptkeeper. Both volumes each contain 4 separate stories that intersect in certain parts...if your paying attention. It also features a separate story outside 4 separate stories. Oh and did I mention the Author Amicus Arcane, as converses with the reader as he knows your every thought and move while reading these tales. Yes it is a story, w This was a another great addition to the haunted mansion mythos. Both this volume and volume 1 are a throwback to the days of Goosebumps, and tales from the cryptkeeper. Both volumes each contain 4 separate stories that intersect in certain parts...if your paying attention. It also features a separate story outside 4 separate stories. Oh and did I mention the Author Amicus Arcane, as converses with the reader as he knows your every thought and move while reading these tales. Yes it is a story, within a story, within a story and it works out wonderfully. They all have twist endings in them, sort of in the style of Goosebumps, but be warned these are not for young children. Event he weakest of the stories surpasses any goosebumps book for horror, and intensity. As this is the 2nd volume I would suggest reading volume 1 first as there is a special treat in volume 2 for anyone who was brave enough to read through the first of these illustrious tomes. These tales of the Macabre will have you hurrying back to read more from the Mansions library... don't forget to bring your death certificate....
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  • Lynndell
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for the opportunity to read and review Midnight at Madame Leota's (Tales from the Haunted Mansion #2) by Amicus Arcane. The disclaimer of the ARC is even written in Haunted Mansion-ese, clever and sets the spooky stage from the beginning. This book tells the tale of William and his visit with Madame Leota and contains several stories within a story. William wants to talk to his deceased sister, but has to listen as librarian Arcane reads spooky tales to Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for the opportunity to read and review Midnight at Madame Leota's (Tales from the Haunted Mansion #2) by Amicus Arcane. The disclaimer of the ARC is even written in Haunted Mansion-ese, clever and sets the spooky stage from the beginning. This book tells the tale of William and his visit with Madame Leota and contains several stories within a story. William wants to talk to his deceased sister, but has to listen as librarian Arcane reads spooky tales to him first. The first tale is about a truly haunted house attraction at a traveling carnival. The second is the history of a vampire resident of the Haunted Mansion. Third is a spooky horror story about a man losing his beloved theatre and the last story tells a young girl's tale and how she came to be at the Haunted Mansion. Finally, William meets Madame Leota and gets what he's been asking for. Fun and spooky. 5 stars for this creepy addition to the Haunted Mansion volumes!
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  • Trisha Perry
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really cool book about a man who came to the mansion looking for the famous Madame Leota so he could talk to his dead sister on last time, instead he encountered the mansions librarian (what a awesome job if I do say so myself) and was made to listen to several hair raising tales, (and I assure you reader, some are very creepy).This book is really good for those middle grade readers looking for the creepy tales like goose bumps, but these come with a Disney twist as this mansion is th This was a really cool book about a man who came to the mansion looking for the famous Madame Leota so he could talk to his dead sister on last time, instead he encountered the mansions librarian (what a awesome job if I do say so myself) and was made to listen to several hair raising tales, (and I assure you reader, some are very creepy).This book is really good for those middle grade readers looking for the creepy tales like goose bumps, but these come with a Disney twist as this mansion is the one of fame from the Disney park. This book will make a awesome addition to any library even the haunted ones.
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  • Taylor K.
    January 1, 1970
    Amicus Arcane is back and with a sequel that puts the original book to shame. With four new stories to tell, we follow the story of William as he tries to get in contact with his deceased sister. But when all hope seems lost when he can't find the medium to do it, our favorite Librarian is there to "Lend him a hand" and mentions the great Madam Leota. Without going into any spoilers, you definitely want to read the first book before you read the sequel because this is a series that you don't wan Amicus Arcane is back and with a sequel that puts the original book to shame. With four new stories to tell, we follow the story of William as he tries to get in contact with his deceased sister. But when all hope seems lost when he can't find the medium to do it, our favorite Librarian is there to "Lend him a hand" and mentions the great Madam Leota. Without going into any spoilers, you definitely want to read the first book before you read the sequel because this is a series that you don't want to miss any details. Because they might just play a part in the next book! This is definitely one of my favorite books so far of 2017.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    When hinges creak in doorless chambers.... This is a book about the Haunted Mansion, or more specific, tales about it. The premise is about a young man who lost his sister who comes to the Mansion to meet Madame Leota. He (And us) are forced to endure some tales that are supposedly scary. Except that they're not really scary at all. They make almost no sense. I did enjoy all of the references to the attraction throughout the book, including some random quotes that just seemed thrown in there. Al When hinges creak in doorless chambers.... This is a book about the Haunted Mansion, or more specific, tales about it. The premise is about a young man who lost his sister who comes to the Mansion to meet Madame Leota. He (And us) are forced to endure some tales that are supposedly scary. Except that they're not really scary at all. They make almost no sense. I did enjoy all of the references to the attraction throughout the book, including some random quotes that just seemed thrown in there. All in all, a miss for me.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received a galley through Netgalley in return for my honest review.***I enjoyed the tales in this story more than the first. I did find the title to misleading and was hoping for more of a background on the ghosts that you see in the ride (though you do get some small insights). I did predict the ending and didn't find it to be much of a twist. I think upper elementary and middle school kids who enjoy scary stories will enjoy this series as well as those who love the ride at Disney.
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  • Sharon Viall
    January 1, 1970
    William (Billy) wants to talk to his sister. He needs to apologize for a wish that he made at the same time that willow made one and she passed away. He is told there is a Mansion in the grave yard that will help him, so he goes there to fine his sister. He is met by the Librarian and of course is told many stories. In the end he does meet with his sister and things are settled. I do like reading this series.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    A good good follow up to the first book. Nothing overly terrifying. The one thing that bothered me was that this book appeared to be mostly about Madame Leota. I was really looking forward to learning her story. Instead, Madame Leota was only a brief encounter in one chapter. Very disappointing. Especially when her room is one of my favorites in the ride.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I really like these scary stories and Arcane is such a creepy character it's hard not to like him or his comments throughout the book. I also love how characters from the Haunted Mansion make cameo appearances. I still wish we could have stories about the original HM characters but it was funny as well as frightening and I'm giving it 4 stars.
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  • Nicole Handley
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the first book and was very happy with the second! I love how Amicus Arcane is a reoccurring character/storyteller in this book and how this book is connected with book one. I like the four individual stories in this book better than the stories in the first book and I think this is my favorite of the two so far! I'm looking forward to see if there be more in future.
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  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this one better than the first!
  • Quia
    January 1, 1970
    Even better than volume 1!
  • Anna Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Macabre humor. Great reading for those that love the Haunted Mansion.
  • Britteny Jass
    January 1, 1970
    I love these books.
  • Matthew Holman
    January 1, 1970
    If you liked the first one then this one will not disappoint!
  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    Disney Halloween at its finest
  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    Hauntingly good stories!! Happy Reading :)
  • The Stumps
    January 1, 1970
    Another set of fun creepy stories. I liked it.
  • Sandy Rechtsteiner
    January 1, 1970
    This book was better than part 1, less juvenile and a little more scary. Otherwise a fun book.
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